Poll: Obama Has 52 Point Lead Over Romney Among Latinos
Another poll from Latino Decisions documents the depths to which the popularity of the Republican Party has sunk among Latino voters:
President Barack Obama’s already-lofty level of support among Latino voters has reached a new high, according to the latest weekly tracking poll from Latino Decisions released Monday.
The poll shows Obama earning the support of 73 percent of Latino voters, while Romney trails with the support of only 21 percent. It’s the first time Obama has exceeded 70 percent in the six weeks that Latino Decisions has conducted its tracking surveys. This week’s installment also shows that more than 70 percent of Latino voters trust Obama over Romney on issues related to the economy, women, the Middle East and Latin America.
There’s no reason to go over the reasons for this as we’ve done so many times in the past year or so. The GOP’s position on immigration in general, and on matters such as the immigration laws passed by states like Arizona, Alabama, and Georgia, as well as the DREAM Act, have clearly poisoned the well with Hispanic voters. The days when a Republican candidate for President would get 44% of the Latino vote, which occurred only eight years ago, are gone and they’re not going to come back as long as the GOP maintains its current policy on immigration and related issues.
What impact this will have on the election is unclear. As I’ve noted before, the one issue about the Latino vote over the years has been the fact that they turn out at lower levels than other groups. Additionally, despite these polls, there is still some frustration with the President over both his deportation crackdown and his failure to strongly push for either the DREAM Act or comprehensive immigration reform when he first assumed the Presidency. Nonetheless, if the Obama campaign can get turnout up among this group, it will go a long way toward helping them win in states like Nevada, Colorado, and Virginia,. It should also help in Florida with the non-Cuban segment of the Latino population. Maybe after they lose all those states, the GOP will reconsider their intransigence on immigration.